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I've Decided That I Don't Need to Actually Go to A Tropical Island and Here's Why

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25 June 2008

Having never been to a tropical island (unless you count my dedication to watching Lost), you might think I’d be bitter when I hear that one of my friends is going to Hawaii. But no, I don’t have the heart to do that to her. Grouchiness will help no one. I’m going to let it inspire me, instead. How can I capture that tropical island feel when I won’t be on one? Well, I’m realizing that wearing a bikini and flip flops isn’t appropriate for anyone who isn’t on vacay (read: vacation, am I hip enough to use that lingo still?) So, what you wear is up to you. That is, unless it comes to your skin. Because there, I’m going to have to set a few rules. Only, ‘rules’ is the wrong vibe. So, these are guidelines, my pretties, guidelines!


Your ‘I Wish I Was On A Tropical Vacation But Am No Where Near One, Guidelines For Beauty Inspiration’ are as follows:

— Scent. You need a scent to transport you. No soft florals allowed.
— Minimal time on every aspect of your appearance. Seriously. No hour set aside to primp. Set a timer if you absolutely must. Although, that makes me wonder what kind of self-control you have in your life.
— Bright colors. Corals and pinks, even teal. (My fingernails are currently painted a blue. Done on short nails, I like them and I don’t feel self-conscious like I was sure I’d feel. But I will say that if you’re past 30 this is not the look for you.)
— Bronzer is easier than a fake tan.
— Pack any of this in a happy and vibrantly colored beauty pouch (you probably have a million from ‘bonus offers’ from Clinique and such, right?) and toss it in your purse. I recommend using one you’ve never used before because it didn’t seem your style, or appropriate for using at work. But does that ever stop Ted the weird guy that sits to your right from bringing in unspeakable horrors in mysterious brown bags for his lunch? Live a little. Maybe a lot.

Tropical Beauty:


1. Nars The Multiple from Lord & Taylor ($37.00). Orgasm is the color that everyone loves. Scandalous!
2. Michael Kors Island Fragrance in Hawaii ($60.00) or Capri ($60.00) from Sephora.

3. Phyto Phytocitrus Vital Radiance Shampoo ($24.00) from Barney’s New York.

4. Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Watermelon or Ginger Moon ($14.00) from Lord and Taylor. (Lip gloss is kind of like…eh. This is much better. I highly recommend this for any age, especially for women over 40 who want to do something more than wear matte lipstick.)
Stylishly yours,

Jessica Rae for

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